Paris, Part II; Sautéed Chard from the Garden — 11 Comments

  1. I had an annual pass to the Louvre for four years, went regularly, and still didn’t finish studying the whole place. But that served me well when I had to cram the whole visit into less than three hours for my sister and her three small kids (with stroller) because she couldn’t get her act together on time yet wanted to see the whole thing!
    I was quite pleased with myself. The trick to visiting anything large like that on a last minute time frame is to bury yourself as deeply as possible from the start, then you still get to see new things as they are shoving you out the door!

  2. I like chard stems, too, but I start them ahead of the leaves so they are nicely tender when the leaves, which need no more than wilting, are finished.
    I keep being seduced by the smaller museums in Paris – the Marmottan, the Cluny (now called Musee du Moyen Age) the Jacquemart-Andre, the Nissim-Camando – all delicious! I’ve seen the Big Four in the Louvre, but that’s all so far!

  3. I also use both stems and leaves, starting, as Zoomie commented, with the stems first.
    I got a small taste of France last night as I was taken to see Julie and Julia as an early birthday present. It was wonderful. I want to see it again and again. But, at $8.50 a person, I might have to wait and just buy it on DVD when it comes out!

  4. Your veggies are looking great, so colourful!
    What a wonderful trip to Paris. My daughter is in an arts university, I hope she gets a chance to see the Louvre some time.

  5. Ok so next time I’ll spend a few more hours in the Louvre. I do hope we can get to spend an extended visit again like the month we were on the barge 2 years ago. I loved not having a plan but getting to see something we’d always missed before everyday by just wondering into to places.
    That’s really funny about the stems and the leaves!
    Gorgeous veggies AND beautiful chard!

  6. My husband and I were also, um, asked to leave the Louvre when, after closing was announced, they found us up in the Dutch Masters, with Mr CC saying, Sweetie, c’mon! We have to leave! And me saying, Just one more! Just one More!
    I’m loving your Paris posts, Katie.
    And, I’m with you regarding chard stalks. Always eat your chard stalks.

  7. Paris…ooh, I’m jealous! 😉 Agree, it’s so hard to do big museums in a day (or even more)…love to go by myself so it’s my pace all throughout…luxury!
    The chard looks fantastic! I read a recipe in Saveur written by an American chef in Paris and he separated the stalks and leaves and blanched them separately, then used both in a gratin…mmm!

  8. When I visited the Louvre, I spent an entire day there, about 9 hours, and was disappointed that I couldn’t stay longer. It may indeed take a week to be able to experience the experience completely.

  9. I didn’t know we were supposed (depending on what country we’re in) to cut the stems or the leaves of chard out! We’ve always eating everything. And isn’t it delicious?
    I like the way you visited the Louvre. Alas, I’ve only seen the outside of the Louvre because MON mari thinks Paris is too crowded and refuses to stay longer than a few hours, spending most of the time at various train stations sussing out which trains allow bicycles. (I tried to lure him inside with a promise that I didn’t even want to go near the Mona Lisa, but it didn’t work….)
    However, the last time I was in New York City with work, I had an hour off in the afternoon and slipped into MoMA, specifically to see one of the special exhibitions. I promised myself that I was NOT going to exhaust myself. And then I got distracted by Monet’s water lilies. And then I decided to go upstairs using your method of simply walking along and stopping when a painting or sculpture MADE me stop. But it’s quite a satisfying way to visit the gallery, isn’t it? Of course, it was MoMA, so I didn’t manage to see everything I wanted to look at and found myself not walking but racing along: “Eeek!!! That looks like it might have been a Klimt; better go back; no no; keep going; no, go back an… oooh look!! that has to be a Modigliani?!” and so on. Normally, I like to make a note of which works are particularly satisfying and then go back and admire them again. No chance that afternoon.
    (How is it that I manage to write an essay rather than a brief comment?! Make me stop….)